Japanese two CD pressing of the 2007 release from the R&B/Pop diva featuring a bonus CD containing four tracks: 'Waiting For Your Love', 'Hurt So Bad', 'Superwoman' (Live) and 'No One' (Curtis Lynch Reggae Remix). As I Am is Alicia's most innovative album to date, a collection of music with no boundaries. Influenced by everything from Hip Hop to Soul to Rock to Classical music, As I Am is every bit a sense of rebellion and empowerment. Features collaborations with some of the biggest hit makers in music (Linda Perry, Jack Splash, Mark Batson, Swizz Beats and Kerry Brothers) and includes the first single 'No One.'
By the time this long-awaited album saw its release date, most fans had probably read at least a couple of interviews with Alicia Keys in which she explained that first single, "No One"--a firestorm of a song clearly born of a sore heart and steeped in serious soul-searching, was about her decision to retreat from the obligations of stardom when she found out a loved one was in need of her care. The anecdote sticks not just because it explained the song so well--you can actually hear the pain, commitment, and determination in her sultry voice--but because it gets at what makes the woman behind the music so appealing. There's only one way R&B artists grow to become legends, and it's by drenching the words they sing with feeling (think Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack). The skeptical listener might have had her doubts before As I Am, but there's no mistaking it now: Alicia Keys is well on her way to sharing a category with them. This record radiates not just old-soul maturity, the kind Alicia fans say makes her modern rarity, but real soul. Vintage-leaning hooks and horns grab hold on "Where Do We Go from Here" and an assortment of other songs, but Keys can also get by just fine without them, as she proves on more pop-flavored numbers like "Lesson Learned," with John Mayer, and "Superwoman." The genres may be smearing, she seems to say, but bring them on: she won't shrink back. Her commitment is not to a single style but to what's stirring her soul. Because of it, she's moving R&B, or something like it, from the hips back to the heart. --Tammy La Gorce
Alicia Keys – As I Am
“As I Am” is the third full-length release from the multi-talented Alicia Keys, a title that effectively supports the album’s no-frills, soulful declaration. Keys finds the perfect balance between neo-soul and modern pop, seamlessly weaving them together in text book fashion. Alicia’s musical stylings are sung with inspiring conviction, ranging from heartrending ballads to paramount grooves of empowerment to mid tempo piano sprinkled delights that collectively outline what is crucial to Keys. From elaborate, string filled arrangements to stripped down, stunning melodies – Keys showcases a well rounded go at delivering a design that works best with her core strengths and outlines a brighter path for success as her musical vision becomes more acute with each installment.
- SC, Right Around The Corner, 04/08/08
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After 2 years, Keys finally released her third studio album. AS I AM. This is
the best of her discography and one of the best released during 2007. I Love
every song, the album is close to perfection. Alicias voice is better than ever
here and what about the lyrics? The album sets kinda far from contemporary R&B
and Hip-Hop unlike her 2 previous albums and takes a deeper Soul which some
times reminds to the 70s.
Top 5 songs
1. LIKE YOULL NEVER SEE ME AGAIN
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE
3. NO ONE
4. WRECKLESS LOVE
5. SURE LOOKS GOOD TO ME
Love Artist, November 19, 2007
By Jo Jo
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